Eitan armoured personnel carrier completes first round of operational testing

The Eitan 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) completed its first round of operational testing with the Nahal Infantry Brigade of Israel Defense Forces.

That was reported by ynetnews.com.

The new Eitan is the first wheeled APC to be used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and includes advanced defense systems such as the Trophy active protection system and hi-tech armor designed to protect against anti-tank missiles.

The Eitan was subject to months of grueling tests in varying terrain at IDF training bases in the Negev and Jordan Valley.

“The Eitan brings both strong resilience and lethality to the battlefield,” project head Maj. Sharon Guetta told Ynet. “The vehicle can reach speeds of 90km/h, but its purpose is obviously to enable a fighting force to safely arrive at the target area.”

The Eitan will weigh 30-35 tonnes, have a 750 hp engine, and be able to reach speeds of up to 90 km/h on paved roads, the MoD said. The APC variant will be able to carry 12 personnel, including the commander, driver, and gunner.

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